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War on Egypt’s Christians

Note: This letter appeared in The New York Times on August 24, 2013.

August 21, 2013

Letters to the Editor
The New York Times

To the Editor:

Re “Islamists Step Up Attacks on Christians for Supporting Morsi’s Ouster” (news article, Aug. 21):

Your report about the intensification of attacks on the Coptic Christian minority in Egypt highlights the devastating outcome of decades of unchecked discrimination and violence against the largest minority religious group in Egypt. The seeds of the recent escalation in violence against the Copts were sown long before the current turmoil in Egypt.

For decades, Egyptian authorities have tolerated the persistent violent attacks and assaults on Coptic Christians and their churches. Tyranny and violence against Christians in Arab and Muslim countries are all too prevalent — Maronites in Lebanon and the Orthodox Christians in Syria are notorious examples.

Throughout history, sectarian discrimination and brutality perpetrated by majority religions against religious minorities have led to tragic results for the victims.

Despite the continuing turmoil and destruction in Egypt, Syria and elsewhere in the region, every sector of society has the responsibility to act — to speak out against discrimination against religious minorities and to protect them from physical harm directed toward them solely because of their religious beliefs.

Sincerely,

Barry Curtiss-Lusher
National Chair

Abraham H. Foxman
National Director

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